CHANDRAPUR: Forest officials investigating the tigress poaching case in Mul range have made seven more arrests. The accused arrested on Tuesday night and Wednesday had purchased nails and canines of the poached tigress from the poachers.
The poaching racked was busted with the arrest of poacher Dilip Madavi on Monday, while he was in Mul to sell the canines and nails of the tigress. Forest officials have so far made a total of 13 arrests in rounding up operation. Three of the accused are poachers, who killed the tigress with the help of electrified wire. The remaining 10 are customers, whom the poachers sold the nails, canines and whiskers of the tigress.
Investigating officer RFO AM Pathan said that a total of seven people have been arrested in fresh raids. Two accused were arrested from Gadchiroli and Mul on Tuesday night. Later, three more accused were arrested from Gadchiroli on Wednesday. Similarly, two accused have been picked up from Sindewahi.
The latest arrests include accused Guddu Mohurle, Habib Sheikh and Dilip Gotefode, while remaining names could not be confirmed. Pathan also confirmed the recovery of two canines and five nails of the tigress from the accused. "We have so far recovered all four canines and 12 nails of the tigress. Six more nails of the tigress are missing. We are hunting for those who purchased these nails," Pathan said.